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11/24/2010 9:16:34 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Michigan--State Board of Education Threatens Homeschool Freedom

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Michigan--State Board of Education Threatens Homeschool Freedom

Dear Michigan Members and Friends:

There is a rather alarming development concerning your continued
freedom as a homeschooler in Michigan.

At its regular meeting on November 9, 2010, the Michigan State Board
of Education discussed the possibility of increasing state regulation
of home education programs in Michigan. Most, if not all, of the
members of the board expressed their desire to make homeschooling
parents more accountable to the state. Specifically, the consensus of
the board was that all homeschool students should be "registered" with
the state to determine their number and whereabouts. Individual
members of the board also commented on the need to ensure that parents
were qualified to teach their children, that students were
administered state tests to determine their academic achievement, that
the time of instruction was the same as that required of public school
students, and that curriculum information was reported to the local
school district.

Fortunately, the state board does not have the legal authority on its
own to take any of this action against homeschooling families.
However, it can make a recommendation to members of the Michigan
Legislature, asking them to introduce and pass a bill that would
accomplish the wishes of the state board. In fact, that procedure was
part of the discussion conducted by the board during its most recent
meeting. But it is highly unlikely that any such effort will be made
during the remainder of this calendar year.

From the comments made by the board members during their discussion,
it appears that their opinions regarding the need for increased state
oversight was based largely on inaccurate information about the
homeschool law in other states. Accordingly, HSLDA will provide the
state board with accurate information in this regard, as well as the
results of recent studies showing the performance of homeschool
students across the nation. Hopefully this will influence the board
members to abandon any effort to pursue more regulation of home
instruction.

We will keep you posted on further developments, especially if a bill
is introduced in the legislature to implement any of these threats to
your homeschooling freedom. In the meantime, we would ask you to pray
that God would continue to grant the home educators of Michigan the
freedom that all of you have enjoyed since the current law was enacted
over 14 years ago.

Very truly yours,

Dewitt T. Black, III
Senior Counsel
HSLDA

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